Birding at Estero Llano Grande – hiking at 105 part 2

Birding at Estero Llano Grande – hiking at 105 part 2

Welcome back to our trip to the Rio Grande Valley!  We visited Estero Llano Grande on day three of our trek.  You can read about the first two days in our posts about Lake Casa Blanca, the Port Isabel Lighthouse, and Resaca de la Palma (which is another World Birding Center state park). Now, by saying that we, “hiked,” Estero Llano Grande, I think we’re playing fast and loose with the definition of hiking.  Small

Resaca de la Palma – hiking at 105 part 1

Resaca de la Palma – hiking at 105 part 1

It was May in Resaca de la Palma State Park, in Brownsville.  And it was 105 degrees outside.  What were we doing?  Hiking.  Why did we do it?  Because we’re a) foolish, b) we wanted to see what Resaca de la Palma had to offer. Or c) a little of both. The trip to Resaca de la Palma When we left the Port Isabel Lighthouse, we set-off in search of lunch, first.  The route our

Port Isabel Lighthouse – making the climb

Port Isabel Lighthouse – making the climb

On day two of our mini-vacation in south Texas, we made the 3.5-hour haul from Falcon State Park (post should be coming in a couple of weeks) to the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site. History of the Port Isabel Lighthouse Built in 1852, of the 15 other lighthouses built along the Texas coast in that period, the Port Isabel Lighthouse is the only one that’s open to the public. The decline of commercial shipping

The Three Challenges of Choke Canyon State Park

The Three Challenges of Choke Canyon State Park

Have you ever set-off on an adventure, and begun to wonder if maybe fate had conspired against you on this endeavor?  An hour into our trip to Choke Canyon State Park, we had begun to ask that very question. Challenge 1: Getting to Choke Canyon State Park If you drew a line between San Antonio in the north, and Corpus Christi in the south, you’d cross Choke Canyon at about the halfway mark.  We set-off

Using Daingerfield State Park as a Base Camp

Using Daingerfield State Park as a Base Camp

Why did we choose Daingerfield State Park as a base camp for a visit to Northeast Texas, and how well did that work out for us? Why Daingerfield State Park? When we decided to visit every State Park in Texas, we pulled out a map of all the parks (conveniently located in our State Park Guidebook).  That map smacked-us upside the head with one inescapable fact: most of the parks would require more than four